Sleek, sharp and sensuous, the luxury performance orientated Infiniti Q50 has a mild upgrade for the 2018 model year. The exterior changes include a refresh to the grille and headlights for a more aggressive appearance along with a redesigned lower air intake and newer daytime running lights. There are four powertrain options for 2018: the base 208 hp 2.0L turbo, a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 that arrives in either a 300 hp or 400 hp state of tune. A 3.5L V6 hybrid is also available. Transmission is via an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) hooked up to Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The interior features a very stylish sporty interior with a mainly black finish and exquisite metal look details. The roomy front cabin has a center armrest with storage compartment, two 12-volt, power outlets, auxiliary input jacks and two USB connection ports, Fold-down rear-center armrest with cup holders The rear compartment has a 60/40 split-fold rear seat with centre armrest and pass-through 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. Legroom, headroom and shoulder room are all good.
On the road, the Q50 3.0t offers wonderful acceleration and the full force of 300 hp producing 295 lb-ft of torque between 1,600 and 5,200 rpm. The slick seven-speed automatic transmission has an adaptive learning algorithm that is able to will sense the driver’s style and adjust its shift points automatically. Handling wise, a second-generation direct adaptive steering system tightens up and give the driver more feeling. As standard all-wheel drive for the Canadian market is as always a smart move and in the Q50 provides excellent traction.
Fuel efficiency is rated at 12.4 L/100 km in city driving and 8.7 on the highway which is not bad for this sector and the amount of power the V6 produces. To sum up The Q50 is a great alternative to its German competitors offering a brilliant combination of power and performance. Unlike the German rivals it also has the advantage of not being a complete bank breaker even with options. At still below $40,000 for a well-equipped base model and with either a 300 or 400 horsepower V6 option the Q50 starts making a lot of sense against its competitors with its mix of attributes. Fast, stylish and rather desirable
2018 Infiniti Q50 3.0t SPORT AWD (300hp) priced from $47,995